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Small triangular garden design. Advice required for hosting please.

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 12:50

Your patio needs to be big enough to fit a table and then have at least a metre all round it for chairs and movement plus space for the BBQ and maybe a serving area.   If that leaves a pocket handkerchief of grass I'd consider having no grass at all as teeny bits are hard to maintain and keep looking good.

Think instead about a chamomile lawn, or thyme if it's sunny, or else do away with it all together and lay some weed suppressant membrane covered with slate chippings, gravel or chipped bark according to budget, taste and style of house.

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Your new-look forum

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 10:53

The Followed threads option is not reliable and misses a lot in my experience.

Didn't like the look of the new format.  Not inviting.  Not easy.  I'm not averse to change if it's an improvement but this isn't.

Advice on front garden please

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 10:50

Woody herb plants like rosemary, sage and bay will love a sheltered south facing position and not need a great deal of water.  Thyme could also be grown there as a ground cover plant.

Tarragon is a possibility but not as hardy so I grow mine in a pot I can bring in and put on the windowsill once the frosts start.   Chives make a good edging plant but can be thuggish when happy and look odd when cut so I grow mine in troughs now.  The white flowered forms have a more delicate flavor and are less thuggish.

Mint needs to be confined to a pot or it will invade and it needs some shade and lots of water.   Parsley and basil also need lots of water and, in my experience, do best in tubs, pots or window boxes.  I can also move them around and water as they need it.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 10:43

It's bright and sunny and warmish.  OH is home from his Stay and Play golf weekend in France (so much cheaper than UK) and clearing weeds from the bed under the damson tree.

Rasta is doing well and milking the sympathy and cuddles.  Boudin noir still doing the trick for hiding her meds.   Little walkies yesterday went well.

Police have just been to interview Possum who needs a "certificat de bonne vie, bon moeurs" but she's at college.   Doh!

I am stuck indoors doing some urgent admin for the dance club but I will get out and plant a few bits this pm as there are no frosts forecast for the mo.  New thumb skin is very tender so not sure I can drive secateurs yet and there's pruning to do ....

Possum wants to know what I'd like for Belgian Mothers' Day on Sunday.  Doesn't approve of my always going for garden stuff.   Tough.

Don't fancy sweetbreads or bone marrow - doggy treats - but love a good restaurant that grows its own veg and sources other stuff locally.   

Have a great BH everyone.

What can I grow in the same planter as strawberries?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 10:27

I would keep the strawberries on their own as they'll grow bigger and send out runners that you can then save and pot up to renew your stock.   Strawberry plants are best renewed every 3 years on a rotational basis as they crop less as they get older.

Use the remaining planter for toms and aubergines and have cucumber and courgette in their own pots or planters as they have different feeding and watering needs.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 18:29

I've got one in the greenhouse.  It's my 3rd attempt and this one's staying in a pot till he's too big to pot on and will then have to be planted out by the pond.    I have to cover them with a great pile of compost to get them through winter but it's worth it.   trouble is I've twice been caught out by surprise -8C frosts in early October and that's death to gunneras with no blanket.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:28

Very wise Joyce.  They are St Mamert, St Pancras and St Servais (Boniface) but there is a saying that vignerons have to watch out for St Urbain who holds them all in his hand and his day is May 25th.

"Quand la saint Urbain est passée, le vigneron est rassuré" et "Mamert, Pancrace, Boniface sont les trois saints de glaces, mais saint Urbain les tient tous dans sa main." 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:03

It's a rare May Day here that I have lily of the valley in flower.  Belgians traditionally give a sprig to loved ones and friends for luck on May Day but mine has only been in flower once in 20 years here.

On the other hand, my damson tree has been blooming for over a week and I'm worried it's been too cold and windy for the bees and so on to pollinate them.

Shame about all those grapes and for anyone else losing income to untimely frosts - although round here they do caution against getting too excited with tender plants and crops before the Ice Saints have had their days on the 11th, 12th and 13th of May.

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 10:02

Organic slug pellets round susceptible treasures to protect them. Works fine for me in regular, small doses.

Any slug or snail I find where I don't want it (greenhouse, seedlings, veggies, hostas, hemerocallis etc) gets lobbed in the road for instant squishing by passing tractors and traffic.   I leave others alone as some slugs are essential for breaking down waste plant material and feeding frogs, toads and hedgehogs..

I do not hold with cutting them up and find salting very cruel.  Slug pubs are too messy.   Throwing them over the fence is useless as studies have shown they just come straight back to where they'll find their favourite supper.

Shade plants?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:56

There are lots of shade loving plants but to help them establish, growna nd thrive you'l need to improve the soil.  This can be done by adding a good layer of compost before planting.  You can use bags bought form the DIY store or garden centre but make sure it's intended for plants and not for seeds and cuttings as you need the nutrients.

Some hostas will like it but they are not evergreen.   Hardy geranium macrorhizum will do well.  It has scented leaves, white, pink or fuchsia coloured flowers in late sporing and the leaves turn red in winter.  Pachysandra has glowwy green foliage and white flowers.  Variegated ivy can be grown as ground cover if you peg down the shoots as they grow and will provide some colour.

Bergenias come with either green or purple foliage and produce flowers in spring.    Some ferns, such as dryoperis marginalis, are evergreen.

Look these up online and at your local garden centre and nursery and then select the ones you like to make either a single variety carpet or a tapestry of form and colour as you prefer.   Plant them with enough space between them to grow to full size and water in well then maybe mulch with some chipped bark or gravel to keep down weeds and set off the plants.

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